WASHINGTON, DC (13 FEB 2020)—Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the leading voice of the global cruise industry, issued today the following statement in response to recent developments concerning COVID-19 and its impact on the global cruise industry.
Given the evolving nature of
the ongoing COVID-19—and based upon prevailing guidance from global health
authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO)—CLIA Members have
adopted the following enhanced protocols for ocean-going guests and crew who
have recently traveled from or through China, including Hong Kong and Macau.
These enhanced policies, which are in effect as of 7 February 2020, build upon
those which were implemented on 31 January 2020 and continue to allow for
informed decisions on a case-by-case basis whether a guest or crewmember will
be permitted to board.
CLIA Members are to deny boarding to all persons who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days before embarkation.
CLIA Members are to deny boarding to all persons who, within 14 days before embarkation, have had close contact with, or helped care for, anyone suspected or diagnosed as having COVID-19, or who is currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure to COVID-19.
CLIA Members are to conduct preboarding screening necessary to effectuate these prevention measures. Enhanced screening and initial medical support are to be provided, as needed, to any persons exhibiting symptoms of suspected COVID-19.
In coordination with cruise
lines, medical experts and regulators around the world, CLIA and its member
lines will continue to closely monitor for new developments related to the
coronavirus and will modify these policies as necessary with the utmost
consideration for the health and safety of passengers and crew. With strict
measures in place, as guided by national and international health authorities,
CLIA and its member lines do not believe restrictions on the movement of ships
Importantly, the cruise
industry is one of the most well-equipped and experienced when it comes to
managing and monitoring health conditions of those onboard, with outbreak
prevention and response measures in place year-round. Furthermore, ships must
be fitted with onboard medical facilities, with shipboard medical professionals
available around the clock, 24/7, to provide initial medical care in the event
of illness and help prevent disease transmission.”